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Old 01-07-2010, 03:29 PM   #16
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The back on a Craftsman shallow pump motor should come off easily. Tap the edge outward with a screwdriver and it should come off. That's where you convert the motor to 115 or 230 volts, change the capacitor or starting switch. That's probably the only way you can tell if the motor is running or just humming. I doubt that anything has come loose in the pump end.

Yes, as another person suggested, if you must replace the pump and can get a submersible pump in the cystern. I recommend that you install no larger than a 1/2 hp submersible pump in the cystern. To get use of all the water you can lay the pump down on the bottom of the cystern horizontally. It won't hurt anything.

It won't freeze, won't lose it's prime and can give you the pressure that you want by just adjusting the pressure switch.



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Old 01-07-2010, 03:58 PM   #17
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Old 01-07-2010, 07:47 PM   #18
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Sorry about that. Won't let that happen again!
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If you install a submersible pump in a large cystern you MUST put a sleeve on it other wise you will not have enough water passing by the motor and you will be replacing pumps more often than if you put a sleeve on it. If you get a four inch sub. pump just find a piece of 4.5inch or 5 inch PVC and slide it over the pump, besure to seal off the top of the pvc so that the water must come in through the bottom and pass by the motor.
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i have a goulds 1/2hp submersible thats been in a 36" wide well for 15 years with no problems.
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All the pump companies say you need to have the pump in some sort of case but I have had one hanging in a 4' shallow well for almost 25 years now with no issues.
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if you have a 5 or 6 " well casing down 10' for your seal,then go to 36" or what ever after that and you sleeve the pump,how do you get it past the pitless adapter?
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if you have a 5 or 6 " well casing down 10' for your seal,then go to 36" or what ever after that and you sleeve the pump,how do you get it past the pitless adapter?
I can tell you about a 5". The inside part of the pitless ( that tuns into the drop pipe ) has a little "doohickey thing" that you push in until it is in the casing. The other side is the part you have to line up with the waterline.

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This is both sides. The "doohickey" shows in the top picture.

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